The benefits of PM-KISAN reach the farmers of the World Bank; 7.03 lakh farmers get first installment of Rs 2,000 each | India News
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks as he publishes the eighth installment of the minimum financial benefit under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PTI)
NEW DELHI: For the first time on Friday, the benefits of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme It reached farmers in West Bengal, with approximately 7.03 lakh of them earning Rs 2,000 each under the program launched more than two years ago.
Under the scheme, also known as PM-KISAN, a financial benefit of Rs 6,000 per year is provided to eligible farmers, payable in three equal quarterly installments of Rs 2,000 each. The fund is transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. The scheme was launched in February 2019, but was implemented with effect from December 2018.
The plan has not been implemented so far in West Bengal, as the state government and the Center disagreed on several issues, including verified data from farmers.
“Today, the first installment has reached billions of farmers in Bengal. As the central government receives the names of farmers in the state, the number of beneficiary farmers will increase,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after publishing the eighth installment of the economic benefit under the scheme in a virtual event.
About 7.03 lakh farmers in West Bengal got the first installment of Rs 2,000 in their bank accounts on Friday, the prime minister said.
In the eighth payment disbursed on Friday, a total of Rs 20.667 crore was transferred to more than 9.5 million farmers across the country, including those in West Bengal.
The scheme is greatly benefiting small and marginal farmers in the current difficult times of COVID-19, Modi said.
The Union Minister of Agriculture, Narendra Singh Tomar, who was present at the virtual event, recalled that the prime minister had ordered his ministry to take measures so that all states would join the scheme as soon as possible.
“In the absence of West Bengal, we could not say that all states have joined the plan … Today, West Bengal has joined the plan and more than 7 lakh farmers will get the benefit,” he added.
Previously, the central government had said that the plan could not be implemented in West Bengal because the state government had refused to provide verified data on farmers.
“Implementation has not started in West Bengal because the state refused to provide verified farmer data. Just before the code of conduct for elections came into force, the West Bengal Government decided to participate, but the process needs to be completed. at the state level it was not fully complied with, “Tomar had said in Parliament in March.
Shortly after winning the recently concluded West Bengal assembly elections, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had sent a letter to the central government demanding the release of 18,000 rupees in arrears to each eligible farmer in the state.
According to the plan, so far more than Rs 1.35 million lakhs have been transferred to farmers.